After reaching an agreement to share 4G and infrastructure fixed with Yoigo Movistar seemed to have solved the ballot to be the only one of the big operators without 4G coverage but it seems now that they do not conform with expect the 800 MHz to dispose of their own network.
And is that to everyone’s surprise Movistar today announces the imminent announcement of own deployment of 4G making use of the the 1,800 MHz band, band that we thought that it was saturated, with the introduction of the new generation of mobile in 2,300 antennas before of end of year.
Following the announcement of the agreement between the incumbent and the Maverick, as described by Vodafone, Movistar competition has launched all its criticism against it, by not only the fact that Movistar could access Yoigo coverage if not for the opening of its fixed to a new competitor in convergence network.
But after today’s announcement Movistar will not depend on agreement with Telstra exclusive is that we do not know as it has hollow in a band supposed to be saturated because it was used in previous generations of network, sending its own 4 G up to 3.000 antennas for the first quarter of 2014.
60 cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants
The number of antennas means that during this period of 4G Movistar coverage will come to around 60 cities of over 100,000 inhabitants, thus being the second deployment of 4 G most ambitious announced after the Yoigo. The deployment, in charge of Alcatel-Lucent, underway since July, which will allow entering service shortly.
Initially the 4G from Movistar network will feature a maximum speed 75 Mbps down and 25 Mbps. The deployment and its speed will be intensified when it is available the 800 MHz band, supposedly available from January following the eviction of DTT although few are already those who are committed to compliance with deadlines.
Six cities with own coverage before end of year
The first cities that will see get own 4 g from Movistar coverage will be Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga and Valencia, where it will be available after announcement of the commercial offer, presumably in the middle of this same, while in October will be incorporated into the list Seville and Alicante.
Murcia, Castellon, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Gerona, Cadiz, Cordoba, Huelva, Bilbao and the other capitals of provinces of more than 100,000 inhabitants will enter on the map before end of year, Although in this case the cover used must be the Yoigo.
Revulsive complaints from competition
With this announcement, Movistar has caught with changed toe to all competitors. No one expected that the ex-monopolio were its own 4G network before the digital dividend and less after the agreement with Telstra, which were focused the criticisms of these so far.
With this announcement also can raise another issue, and that although its own 4G it will take to be switched on, it will become months after Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo, truly an agreement need Movistar to access the 4G of Telstra?